The Trump administration proposes a rule that would allow foster care and adoption groups to exclude LGBT parents.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the proposal on Friday, citing concerns about religious freedom
The rule would allow organizations denying LGBT parents adoption rights to continue receiving federal funding, such as abolish the Obama-era rule, which includes sexual orientation as a protected trait under anti-discrimination protection.
The proposed rule was first reported by The Associated Press.
"HHS is fully committed to complying with civil rights laws enacted by Congress. The proposed rule would better align grants with federal statutes, removing regulatory burdens, including the burden of free exercise of religion," the agency at
"HHS confirms that it will comply with all applicable Supreme Court decisions when administering its grant programs."
The agency stated that it had heard that the language adopted by the administration of but, it violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Constitution, and exceeded the authority of the Department.
Some faith-based groups praised the proposed rule, but other organizations criticized it, calling it discriminatory.
The Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States said it welcomed the move, arguing the 201
The Family Research Council, Conservative Advocate Group, under the proposed rule, charities will no longer have to choose between "abandoning the faith or abandoning homeless children," according to the AP.
LGBT groups, however, strongly rebuked the proposed change to the Obama-era regulation.
Lambda Legal called it "taxpayer-funded discrimination" and said it would be the children who feel the brunt of the damage.
"The impact of this rule is enormous. One group that will be significantly affected by this is children in foster care, ”the group tweeted. "When qualified families turn away from foster homes because they are #LGBTQ or a" wrong "religion, children lose from loving homes."
Julie Cruz, director of federal family equality policy, said that the rule limits "a pool of loving homes available to 440,000 foster children in America."
The White House spokesman was not immediately available for comment in response to criticism of the proposed rule.